Renee Belbeck, a WAHM from Columbus, Ohio, and C.E.O. and founder of the National Association of W.O.M.E.N. (Women, Owners, Moms, Entrepreneurs, and Networkers), discovered a simple rule when her children were toddlers: "If I gave them a little quality time, I'd get two hours to work." She says the rule still holds true, even though her children are now 10 and 6.
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The gender wage gap is real, and it increases when women become moms. Taking time off to care for your children can have a big long term impact on your lifelong earnings and retirement savings. But deciding to put your kids in childcare so you can work isn’t the clear winner here either. The annual cost of childcare for one child is more than the price of tuition at some colleges. And don’t even get us started on the giant dose of mom judgment that gets dished out when people hear you’re “letting a stranger raise your baby.”
Most of my reason for wanting to “get rich” is so that I could stay at home with our (potential) child(ren). Not for everyone, but it’s my Last Big Goal in life. The calculators are less helpful to me than a pad + pen – the question comes down to “could I (and kid) live on what DH could lose from “his” money and what I could come up with without an away-from-home job”. Of course, our finances are still pretty separate, so that might not work for many couples! 

If you run all the numbers and you don’t quite make enough on one income to cover all your expenses, and after you’ve attempted to lower your bills you could explore options for making money at home. Think about what skills you have and how you could turn them into a side business to generate some extra income. I highly recommend Crystal Paine’s book  Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference for helping you to uncover your passions and talents and finding inspiration for generating additional income for your family. There were some great practical ideas like creating and selling freezer meals to neighbors, opening an etsy shop to sell handmade items and babysitting. 

One-Size. Believe it or not, there are "one-size" diapers that grow with your baby, "so you can potentially use the exact same diaper on your eight-pound newborn as you will when she is ready to potty train," Odom says. Snap or Velcro closures let you adjust for size, and progressively larger inserts accommodate changing absorbency needs. (A poplar one-size diaper: bumGenius One-size Cloth Diapers, which include a miniature insert for newborns and a larger insert for growing babies.)
I have my hand in almost every one of these categories. You know, of course that I blog here at AffordingMotherhood.com. I have a couple of books on Amazon: 76 Free Things to Do with Kids and Natural Birth Stories. I also have a shop on Etsy where I design purses and knitting needle cases that you can sew yourself. You may not know that my “real” job is working from home as an architect. I haven’t tried direct marketing or in-home childcare yet, but who knows?!

Amy – thank you for your post. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was thinking about how tired I am of literally throwing our money away with disposables. But I always told myself that cloth diapers wouldn’t work out for us since I work full time and baby goes to daycare. Last night I did a google search for “working moms cloth diaper” and your blog came up. I really appreciate you sharing your routines and giving your advice, it has helped me realize that this is something we can do, even though we’re both busy parents who work full-time. I’m going to talk to my daughter’s (she’s now 12 mos) daycare tomorrow to see if they will work with me on this and we will at least give it a try. Many thanks to you!
Allow me to be entirely hypocritical here. I actually really dislike the full-day kindergarten program that has recently been introduced in my province, and which is available in various versions in most parts of Canada. Yet even though I’m not a fan, it’s true that this program is popular with working parents and certainly does help to make their lives easier.
There are different programs, depending on your interests. The one I am most familiar with is Bradley, and they have training across the country every year. The training does cost, but it is a wonderful program. I went through Bradley classes with my husband when we were pregnant with our first and it was just the best experience for both of us. You can find more about training here.
I’m a former lawyer turned entrepreneur with Rodan+Fields (makers of ProActiv, the acne system). After welcoming my twin girls, I decided traveling, long hours, and dial-ins were no longer for me. I wanted to work from home on a part-time basis and Rodan+Fields has allowed me to do that. If you’re interested in earning a solid part-time income on your own terms, I’d love to talk to you!

Rachel, you’re right! Technically, cloth diapering is not “simpler” because it involves quite a lot of washing. But, like you, I’ve also found it to be definitely worth it (due to health factors, cost, and environmental impact, in that order). I played around with several kinds of diapers at first, but I now have a streamlined system that’s easy to use — really, once you get used to it, washing diapers becomes so routine that it’s really not much hassle!


hey ladies i’m a 6 months married stay at home wife, recently some major transitions in the family led me to need an income, i’m trying to figure out ways to make money that will appeal to my hobbies, i get depressed if i’m staring at a computer screen to long, and i need flexibility to match family hours, i’m really hands on, but don’t have much training in crafting. i like embroidery, i like art, i am trying to learn sewing and knitting, any ideas?


I actually blog from home and make monies. my site is www.legacychangers.org. U get to be passionate about what I speak on because you can do a blog on anything and I bring in income. It's totally legit and I have a blast with my kids. It's such a great thing. They offer full training etc I tried surveys and secret shopper etc just not enough.... Hope it helps
Dream of quitting your job to stay home with the kids? The first step is understanding your expenses. The second? Seeing if your family can cover them comfortably on just one salary. Remember, the more accurate the information you enter, the more confident you can be about the results. * Not sure what to put in each slot? Click on the ? for tips. If something doesn't apply to you, go ahead and leave the field blank.
Putting a price tag on a priceless job is hard to do, but we gave it a shot anyway. On Mother’s Day, Salary.com, the leader in compensation data, planning and analytics, would like to honor all the Moms out there who work their hardest day-in and day-out. We would like to recognize both professional and stay-at-home Moms on their unwavering dedication to their families and other responsibilities.
Greetings Alexa, AWESOME post.. you really have hit on everything. I went the blogging route.. and love it. Yet I didn’t start there.. as I looked through your list I had to chuckle.. as I remember doing the customer service from home.. See I’m a single mom.. my oldest is now 14 and I started searching for work from home opportunities when she was 1 years old.. I built everything up… and have been full time when my oldest turned 13!! Started by exchanging time for money.. with the customer service and that kept me in the place of having to exchange time for money.. so I decided to build my own business.. and this is what set me FREE.. Love your post as it really leads one through the journey of a VERY possible life.. Thanks so much for putting this information together. Keep Smiling!
Enter your after-tax income. The best way to do this? Look at your pay stub. The number you get to deposit in the bank is what you're looking for (after taxes, Social Security/FICA contributions, employer-sponsored retirement contributions, pre-taxed health savings, or flexible spending contributions are taken out). Get paid twice a month? Double the number to find your monthly after-tax income. Make sure to include any monthly income from regular freelance work or other sources of income.
True, you can drop about $500-$600 to set your nursery up for cloth diapers, especially if you're buying brand-new pocket, one-size, or AIO styles. But Odom estimates the average cost of disposable diapers for two years at more than $1,400—and that figure is higher if your child potty trains later than age 2, or if you buy premium-priced, eco-friendly diapers.

So, this was the question I just had to ask. Every time I try to work on Mama Fish Saves while my son is awake it ends in a fiery disaster. He’s pounding the keys on my laptop, bringing me books and trying to climb into my lap, or just standing cutely and saying “hi” until I pay attention to him. Maybe this is because I work out of the house 50+ hours a week, but regardless, I was so curious how these moms were keeping their kids occupied so they could get their work done!

As for all that laundry, take a cue from San Clemente, California mom Kate Mudge, who simply ran a load at bedtime every night (or every other night as her kids grew), then moved the clean diapers to the dryer at midnight feedings. "I'd fold and stuff diapers while watching TV at night, so it never felt like a huge chore," she says, "and once they were waiting in the drawer, they were just as easy to use as disposables."

SOURCES: Philip Cohen, PhD, associate professor of sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Cara Gardenswartz, PhD, clinical psychologist, Beverly Hills, Calif. Melissa Milkie, PhD, associate professor of sociology, University of Maryland, College Park. Sylvia Allegretto, economist, Economic Policy Institute. Karen S. Yasgoor, PhD, organizational psychologist, La Jolla, Calif., and owner, Center for Work Life Assessment. Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families. Jacqueline Plumez, PhD, a psychologist and career counselor, Larchmont, N.Y. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Employment status of the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years and over by sex, 1970-2004 annual averages." U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey: "Parents and Children in Stay-at-Home Parent Family Groups: 1994 to present." The New York Times: "Stretched to Limit, Women Stall March to Work," March 2, 2006.
Hi JuD. At daycare we always provided disposable wipes. I never did explore cloth wipes with them. I was happy enough that they were open to cloth diapers. At home we used cloth wipes until my son started solids, since BF poop doesn’t have to be sprayed. Then we switched to disposable wipes full time. Spraying out diapers is enough in my opinion. I don’t want to spray off cloth wipes too!
Another tactic to adopt when you're in business mode? Dress the part. Aimee Samuelson, a Portland, Oregon, mom of two, who runs a marketing business out of a converted garage, dresses as if she's going into an office when she's on the job. She knows if she works in her pj's she won't concentrate as well and might get distracted by household tasks between conference calls. Not everyone needs a suit on to feel more professional -- sometimes taking a shower and putting on makeup and a clean outfit will do the trick.
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Thank you for sharing your story with us. We are sort of in the same situation. We had great jobs, a house, two cars, and great credit scores before the recession came and wiped everything out. We are now living in a different state, renting and barely able to pay the rent, with one car. Even though I have a Doctorate in Education (and have reached my limit on school loans), I still cannot find a job. I have been working overtime trying to find a way to pay the bills while my husband struggles at a $10/hour job and hates it.
We have alot of our agents who sell Disney. If you want more information visit http://www.travelathome.com I am also happy to put you in touch with some of our agents who are doing it so you can ask them questions. I started out doing travel from home back in 1997. I started taking on other moms who wanted to work from home doing travel – I trained them and helped them. Then before I knew it I had over 150 agents! Now I have a full administrative team and I still work from home. We have a great group of agents and they always help one another out on our Facebook page. If you have questions I am happy to answer them.
This is much easier than you may think. I follow Bum Genius recommendations (see numbers 9-16) http://www.bumgenius.com/help.php (Stripping is outlined below) since most of my diaper stash is made up of these. Check with your diaper brand though for their recommendation. Also, lots of moms have suggestions about this process. It is sometimes a controversial process over what to use and what not to use! Some moms will say not to use Dawn since it can void your washer warranty, so please be aware of this!
The washer doesn't have any settings for a pre-soak or extra rinse so I have to run 3 separate wash loads (warm with cold rinse as my "pre-rinse" then hot wash cold rinse with detergent then warm wash cool rinse as my final rinse), and run down and add quarters after each wash load. Then I run everything through the dryer on low to dry the pocket shells and wet bags, then pull out all the PUL and run another dryer load on high to dry the inserts and prefolds (I have a lot of bamboo inserts which take forever to dry).

After I got a handle on all the different fabrics, styles and options I had to try making them myself. Although cloth diapers save money in the long run, they do require an initial investment, and I wanted to save money by sewing my own. I started out with two yards of hemp fabric, one yard of pul, some touchtape (like velcro) and one pattern. Soon I had to try another pattern, then another, and another. Although I liked the diapers I was making from the patterns, they just didn't fit my chubby-thighed Zach right, leaving red marks across his legs. I found directions on drafting your own cloth diaper pattern online and created my own pattern, making sample diapers and tweaking the pattern until I had the fit I wanted.
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I started my little photography blog 5 years ago while I was a law student.  I could never have dreamed it would become a full-time job (yes, I did become a lawyer but I started earning far more from my blog than I could have as an attorney, so I don’t practice law anymore).  I recorded a 35-minute audio podcast with my wife about how exactly we got started that you can listen to here.  I’ve gotten tons of emails from readers who have told me they really appreciated that episode.


I love this policy and our family took advantage of it. For my first baby I took the full year off myself, but for my next two pregnancies I was already a stay-at-home mom and didn’t need mat leave. So my husband used the parental leave to carve out some nice chunks of time at home: 12 weeks for our second baby, and the full 9 months for our third. Outnumbered for the first time by two toddlers and a newborn, my husband and I both found it incredibly helpful that he was home all that time.

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Prefolds, so called because they've been folded and stitched with more layers in the middle to create a thicker center, are those cloth rectangles you picture when you think of old-school cotton diapers. They come in a variety of other fabrics, including bamboo and hemp, as well as varied sizes. At about $2 and up each, prefolds are the foundation of your least expensive cloth-diapering option. 
I let the idea go in one ear and out the other with a quickness. A few weeks later and well into my second trimester my husband and I were having to have the tough conversations about what our finances would be like after our baby was here and how much I would need to work to help keep our household afloat. I could hear my mom’s voice in the back of my head saying, “you know cloth diapers will save you a lot of money. Disposables are so expensive.” I sat down at the computer and started crunching numbers and doing research and realized it would help give us a little cushion in our budget if we chose the cloth diaper path.
I know this sounds so silly, but really – don’t! Cloth diapers have come a LONG way from dish towels and metal pins wrapped sumo wrestler style. Before Aiden was here I was so fearful I wouldn’t wash my diapers correctly, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the laundry, my baby’s skin would react poorly, the smell would fill our whole house, or it would just plain and simple be more then I could handle. In reality, it was SO much easier then I ever thought it would be. The learning curve is small and the rewards far outweigh the inconveniences.
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I CD my LO goes to daycare. He does pockets there, it's easy for them they just put them into his own dirty bin instead of the trash. I have all snaps but looking back maybe some velcro ones would have made some people more comfortable but oh well. The wash is easy and stuffing and sorting takes less time than putting away my own clothes. I also might be slightly addicted...I dry them in the dryer too. Even if you didn't want to if you did covers and prefolds/flats the covers would all dry by the time the prefolds and flats were done.
Work-from-home jobs for moms are available for moms with infants, those seeking supplemental income or a bit of extra pocket change, and those able to juggle more demanding at home careers for stay at home moms. The latter includes both part-time work for stay-at-home moms and full-time positions. Most jobs for stay-at-home moms offer exceptional work-life balance.

I am a stay at home Mom with a part-time work from home job. For the past 3 years, I have had the blessing of being the secretary and office manager for a small Hydrovacing company. I have been able to do all the work from home until this past summer. It’s had it challenging times, but I’ve learned so much and have knowledge on how to start your own business because of it. Now, our youngest, age 3, goes with me 3 days a week for a few hours. We have 4 children- 16, 14, 7 and 3. I have also sold things on local sales sites for extra income. I have been at home since our oldest was born. We’ve made sacrifices, but didn’t see them as sacrifices. It was choices to support our decision to have me at home. We made that decision before we married almost 23 years ago. And, we are both thankful and blessed by it.
These are but a few examples of all the possibilities out there to make income for your family even with a babe in arms. I didn’t even touch on becoming a consultant (like a Stitch Fix stylist in certain cities), or starting your own direct-selling business. Still, you should have plenty of ideas now and feel a little less overwhelmed – by finding a remote job, anyway. I can’t do anything about baby worries!

I was feeling discouraged, as I would soon join the ranks of the working mother after my precious maternity leave would expire, and although the idea of staying at home with my child was enticing, it was simply not an option.  I was the one with the steady job and even more importantly, the one who carried health insurance, flexible spending accounts, and other much needed resources.  I have so much respect for these overworked, undervalued mothers and working from home one day a week has taught me to empathize with how much effort being a full-time mom while trying to accomplish other tasks truly is.  That being said, there had to be answer to this cloth diapering and working conundrum.
What a great article. I have 4 kids and I never did get the chance to use cloth diapers. More or less I hadnt heard about them or there has been more of an uptick recently in their use and benefits. I wish I knew more back then than I do now! Maybe one day if we have another little one I will get the chance to try the cloth route! Thank you for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThurday we hope to see you again this week.
You already spend way too much time pinning on Pinterest and posting fabulous pics on Instagram. Now get paid for your social-media savvy! The social-media evaluator will need to improve the relevancy of the newsfeed for a leading global social-media client. You’ll need to commit to working one to four flexible hours a day, five days per week. For some projects, at least one day must be a weekend day. Doing outstanding work will make you eligible for additional social-media projects. To qualify, you’ll have to perform online daily social-media use (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), have strong communication skills and a high-speed Internet connection. 
Maybe you just want to get out of the house for a few hours to make some spending money, or get a discount at a store you shop at often. If that's the case, a part-time job in retail could be great for you. The pay isn't necessarily amazing and the job might not be particularly satisfying, but the flexibility and the you time you get could be exactly what you need.
Rachel, you’re right! Technically, cloth diapering is not “simpler” because it involves quite a lot of washing. But, like you, I’ve also found it to be definitely worth it (due to health factors, cost, and environmental impact, in that order). I played around with several kinds of diapers at first, but I now have a streamlined system that’s easy to use — really, once you get used to it, washing diapers becomes so routine that it’s really not much hassle!
I am sure this has been posted, but as someone else pointed out the search feature is NOT GOOD. So I couldn't find what I was looking for.  I am trying to decide if I want to use Cloth Diapers or spend more money on Disposable diapers.  I will be a Full time working mom with a 45 minute drive home every night and the idea of making dinner and doing diaper laundry every night is a big deterrent from getting cloth diapers.  I wouldn't want to do a service, because it wouldn't really be a money saver.  I am wondering if there are any working mom's that have a love cloth diapering.
All-in-Ones (AIOs). No stuffing inserts here: AIOs provide both an absorbent layer and a waterproof outer shell all in one piece, so you can diaper your baby as normal then toss the whole thing in the laundry when it gets soiled. As a result, AIOs are exceptionally daddy/daycare/babysitter/grandparent-friendly, Odom says. (She likes the GroVia One-Size All in One.) They fasten at the hips with either Velcro or a series of snaps, like prefold covers. 
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I think the biggest concerns in your situation would be needing to buy a new washer, and would whoever is watching your baby while you work willing to work with cloth? I cloth diaper, and honestly the “extra work” isn’t much. Every couple days, I grab the whole bag of diapers, dump it into the washer, run it through twice, then toss them into the dryer. It’s extra laundry, yes, but it isn’t laundry that has to be folded and if I forget to put them in the dryer (which happens a lot, since I usually wash only after baby’s in bed for the night), it isn’t a big deal because they’re only diapers. I use pockets, which do have to be restuffed before using, but that usually happens the following evening while we’re watching tv. So it’s definitely doable in general, even as a working mom, but whether or not it will work for you depends mostly on those first two factors.
Those who are in higher income brackets also enjoy a better income-to-child-care ratio: wealthier families can expect to spend as little as 7.2% of their family income on child care, according to research by the Census Bureau. (While that’s still up from the average of 6.3% in 1986, the earliest year that data is available, it’s not going to break the bank.) Families on the lower end of the income spectrum are often required to shell out as much as 40% of their income on child care, according to the Census Bureau—substantially more than many families spend on food.
I decided that after already dealing with three months of runny, mustard-colored EBF stains (exclusively breast fed... another abbreviation you pick up quickly from blogs), figuring out which materials would prevent my heavy-wetter from leaking and getting a rash, and especially after my $500.00 initial cloth diapering investment, I was going to make this work!  Cloth diapering while working is much like continuing to breast feed while working - they both involve an adjustment period during this learning curve, but are not impossible once you cut yourself a little slack and find your groove.
After all, the cost of child care will only decrease as your kids age, and your salary will only go up. But if you leave the workforce even for just a few short years, you may find yourself coming back at a salary MUCH lower than the one you left–and that’s if you can elbow your way back in at all (which is notoriously difficult to do, especially for women).
One way that people have been earning money online recently is going to your local stores and hitting the clearance section.  Buy up a shopping cart full of stuff and then mail it to Amazon FBA (fulfilled by Amazon).  Amazon then sells the items and mails them for you, and pays you your cut.  There is even a really cool app for your phone that you can use in the store to scan the barcode and see how much money you could make selling it on Amazon, even including your shipping costs.
You might find that the emotional and practical benefits are worth the sacrifices. If you have time to prepare to be a SAHM you can work toward getting out of debt and start living on one income while you still have two. Bank your income to use as an emergency fund. If you find yourself thrust quickly into making this decision, check out my book So, You’re Broke?: 18 Drama-Free Steps To A Richer Life to learn practical ways to not only survive, but thrive on one income.
Take, for example, a 28-year-old, college educated woman who makes $48,500—the median annual salary for college-educated Americans between the ages of 25 and 34—who plans to leave the traditional workforce for five years. If you do the quick math, her decision to become a full-time unpaid care giver might appear to make sense: She’ll leave roughly $240,000 on the table in the form of her lost wages over five years, but she won’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on child care.
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Madowitz told Working Mother that he came up with the calculator when he and his wife became parents. His wife is a mathematician, and they were trying to decide if he should stay home to care for the kids or if they should pay for childcare. When discussing the situation with other friends in the same boat, he realized their numbers didn’t match up. “We were talking about our decision in this long-term framework, and a lot of other people were talking about it in terms of, ‘I bring home X, and childcare costs Y,” he explains. He argues that this is too simple a way of looking at the situation. When you’re not working, you’re not just missing out on your wages, you’re also missing out on the chance to earn raises and retirement plan contributions. Over time these extras add up.
The Canadian health care system is far from perfect and I often complain about it, but the truth is that any other alternative would surely be a lot more expensive for us. As parents we have already taken advantage of our health care system many, many times. Shall I start with our fertility issues and subsequent treatment, or the specialist doctor visits for each of my pregnancies, or the three C-sections and subsequent hospital stays? Later on I also stayed at the Children’s Hospital for five days with our newborn son, as he slept utterly adorable in sunglasses under jaundice-fighting blue lights. We regularly visited physiotherapists at the Children’s Hospital with our other two daughters, we often see our pediatrician, and we have accessed other services.
Working full-time at home isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires focus, discipline, motivation, and an ability to fight through the day-to-day isolation. It takes a certain personality to love it and thrive at it. But of the work-at-home warriors out there, there is a select group of which I am constantly in awe. Work-at-home moms who are also caring for young children full time. These are the parents who are genuinely trying to “have it all,” all at once, difficulties or not.
Note that my expertise is in creating online calculators, not necessarily in all of the subject areas they cover. While I do research each calculator's subject prior to creating and upgrading them, because I don't work in those fields on a regular basis, I eventually forget what I learned during my research. So if you have a question about the calculator's subject, please seek out the help of someone who is an expert in the subject.
I CD my LO goes to daycare. He does pockets there, it's easy for them they just put them into his own dirty bin instead of the trash. I have all snaps but looking back maybe some velcro ones would have made some people more comfortable but oh well. The wash is easy and stuffing and sorting takes less time than putting away my own clothes. I also might be slightly addicted...I dry them in the dryer too. Even if you didn't want to if you did covers and prefolds/flats the covers would all dry by the time the prefolds and flats were done.
If you ever dreamed of opening a retail store, that doesn't have to be put on hold because you're a stay-at-mom. The Internet has made it possible to sell products from any location, including your house. The United States Postal Service even offers Carrier Pickup services that will pick your packages at your house making it simple to run a retail business from home. Your children can even help out with the work from home business by packing orders and getting them ready to mail.
We’re very happy with the choices we’ve made. Can everyone make these same choices? By no means. Everyone’s situation is different, everyone has different beliefs, everyone has different priorities, and everyone sees money in a different light. You have to make the best choice for you and your family regardless of what anyone or any website recommends. But do your homework and ask yourself, will I every regret any of this? Will I, in my retirement years, wish that I had more money or will I wish I had spent more time with my children? You have to use common sense and realize that you must make the best choice for your individual situation.
I’m sure you’ve heard of or even purchased items from Etsy, the most well-known website for buying and selling homemade items. If you are crafty and can create products that people would be interested in buying, this can be a very lucrative work from home opportunity. The categories of items that are the most popular include: home decor, jewelry, clothing, toys, craft supplies, and kids/babies.
I’m on my third cloth diapered child and my stash is large and extensive. My current favorite is Sbish OBFs or GMD workhorses with wool covers. However, if I was recommending cloth to someone who was new, I would suggest Swaddlebees AIO onesized. They snap. They don’t need to be stuffed-yet it is super easy to put more absorbancy in if needed. And, most important in my book, they extend larger than bumGenius. BumGenius only lasts on my big kids until about 2 years old. Swaddlebees takes them right to three and fully potty-trained.
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Some never would have crossed my mind. (a Pinterest consultant? How cool is that?) Some direct marketing opportunities I’ve never heard of before. (Zija anyone?) There are even a couple of single moms supporting their families with their work at home jobs. And what’s more is that they’re carving out a space to chase their own dreams even while raising little ones.
I worked as a nurse for 10 years but had to quit to stay home with my now 2 year old twins when they were 7 months old. My daughter had a seizure and it didn’t make sense to stay. I am glad there is a list like this. I stayed home and just spend time with my babies most of the last year and a half but recently in May started with Origami Owl as a way to have fun and spend time with other female adults. Later I joined Plexus just to get the discount myself and I have been doing amazing both in my wellness journey & making quite a bit of money off of it also. I am hoping to make it into a full time income before my kids go to kindergarten so when they go to school I don’t have to go back to work. I just don’t want to send them to daycare during the summers so unless I find a job as a school nurse I plan to stay home. Life is too short & they stay little for too short of a time to send them to daycare for someone else to raise them for me.

Their training is done online and is self-paced. You could finish the program in 4 months but 6 months is probably more realistic. They do however give you up to a year to get it all done. Their program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders. They work specifically with a company called IOD inc. that hires their grads to work from home right out of the program.

After I got a handle on all the different fabrics, styles and options I had to try making them myself. Although cloth diapers save money in the long run, they do require an initial investment, and I wanted to save money by sewing my own. I started out with two yards of hemp fabric, one yard of pul, some touchtape (like velcro) and one pattern. Soon I had to try another pattern, then another, and another. Although I liked the diapers I was making from the patterns, they just didn't fit my chubby-thighed Zach right, leaving red marks across his legs. I found directions on drafting your own cloth diaper pattern online and created my own pattern, making sample diapers and tweaking the pattern until I had the fit I wanted.
If you ever dreamed of opening a retail store, that doesn't have to be put on hold because you're a stay-at-mom. The Internet has made it possible to sell products from any location, including your house. The United States Postal Service even offers Carrier Pickup services that will pick your packages at your house making it simple to run a retail business from home. Your children can even help out with the work from home business by packing orders and getting them ready to mail.
As a fellow Canadian and mom of two girls, I can say the Canadian maternity system is really wonderful. As the author mentioned all mothers have to meet criteria in order to be eligible – mainly contributing to EI (employment insurance) for a certain period of time. All employers deduct this while you’re working, so you have to have contributed otherwise you will not be eligible. The same goes for fathers. 50 weeks are offered, 15 of these weeks are specifically for the mother to recover from child birth. The remaining 35 weeks can be split between the mother and father. It’s a great opportunity for families to come together after the birth of a child. Since 35 weeks of Parental leave has been enshrined into law for a number of years now, it is more common for new dads to take some of this time off and most employers are fine with it. As for coming back after being off for a year? It’s really not as hard as it sounds, and because employers know when you’re coming back it’s often well planned out. Most employers end up hiring a person on contract to fill your position for the year you’re off – it’s a great way to get you’re foot in the door if you’re looking for a job. Plus if you decide not to come back after maternity,the contract person often gets first crack at the job. There is no caveat if you don’t go back, but you will have just used up all you EI so you won’t be eligible for those benefits.
Great article, thanks. I’m a Mom of 4, now a hands-on Nanna. Pretty hard to get things done when your kids are small. When my oldest was being bullied at school I was a single Mom and desperately needed money to pay for an alternative private school. So I became an ethical dog breeder. Twenty seven years on I’m still doing it and reckon it beats most other options out there hands down.
Hmmmm I’m a work from home mom right now but there are a couple of these I’m going to try out! Why not make a few bucks while shopping and have the gas paid for? Or help someone out if I’m running around anyway? Plus we are a pet free home so the kids would love pet sitting once in a while. LOVE this list thanks mama!! =) hope some of these links work in Canada!!
Thank you all for the encouragement! Seeing that there really are a lot of working moms that do it too is comforting. It seems in the area I live most CD moms are SAHMs. But I'm hoping 12 weeks of maternity leave will help me get into a good routine. We are fortunate to have grandmother watching her so 3 days of the week so I may allow disposables for her but do cloth for the other 4 days when she's with myself or hubby. And I'm also fortunate to have a husband who is on board so I'm sure that helps tremendously!!
Then I got laid off and suddenly I couldn't find another job and I knew that I had to make rent and get food, but I was no longer eligible for social assistance (long story- involves student loans). I had NO safety net if I wasn't able to find work. My back was against the wall and after much praying, my sister showed me how to sell things on Ebay. I was skeptical, but my mother's stuff she left behind was a bit of a gold mine.

Do you have a computer and Internet at home? If you have good computer skills (by computer skills I mean knowledge of Windows, email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) You can get into the virtual assistant market which is growing all the time. This option may not be for anyone as it requires extensive self-promotion and longer hours, but many stay-at-home parents love this job and have been very successful at it. There is also blogging, which requires time to build up enough traffic to your site to make significant money from advertising, but is still worth setting up as it costs little more than your time when you first start out.
I suppose to start my freelance work right in a moment as I was really motivated by your advice, tank God I already have a job but still in school and don’t know how to combine it….Very informative article right there! I still think there are questions one needs to ask himself prior to beginning a freelance business. Freelance can be rewarding particularly if you take one step at a time from defining your go.
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I was a virtual assistant for awhile. I was in Real Estate but decided it wasn’t for me because I was out and never home. I decided to start a Real Estate Virtual Assistant business and let all my Real Estate friends know about it. I was hired by a property manager and did all the work at home and got some work from other agents but then they started getting greedy and tried to lower my prices or get free work from me. I was making $15 an hour from the property manager (I was only inputting receipts and I’d update the MLS listings or put in new listings for her and answer calls for her) but then she decided she wanted to pay me $30 per month to do what I was doing plus show the rentals to prospective tenants (showings could last up to an hour per person..sometimes she got non stop calls about some houses)and deposit all the rental money (that takes hours because there were several different banks she’d have to go to)….I said No way and decided that business wasn’t for me. It’s not really hard to get into but be tough and stick to your prices and don’t get your business from friends (like I did) because then they expect you to give them a break.
All-in-Ones (AIOs). No stuffing inserts here: AIOs provide both an absorbent layer and a waterproof outer shell all in one piece, so you can diaper your baby as normal then toss the whole thing in the laundry when it gets soiled. As a result, AIOs are exceptionally daddy/daycare/babysitter/grandparent-friendly, Odom says. (She likes the GroVia One-Size All in One.) They fasten at the hips with either Velcro or a series of snaps, like prefold covers. 

     I met Elizabeth from Purple Unicorn Diapers at a local La Leche League event several years ago and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about her and her shop! Purple Unicorn Diapers featured hybrid cloth diapers and custom clothing items. Handmade in Pennsylvania, Purple Unicorn items are hot trade diapers and custom spots go in a flash! Join her BST and chatter group for orders!


I’m sure you’ve heard of or even purchased items from Etsy, the most well-known website for buying and selling homemade items. If you are crafty and can create products that people would be interested in buying, this can be a very lucrative work from home opportunity. The categories of items that are the most popular include: home decor, jewelry, clothing, toys, craft supplies, and kids/babies.
Not to say that everyone should have a stay at home parent but I think there was a study of people who go bankrupt and that the largest percentage were two income families. The explanation they gave was if the wage earner loses their job in the one income family you have two people who can go out and do a job search in a pinch. In the two income family if one loses their job they only have one person available to find a job to get the income back up to where it was.
Direct Marketing Home-Based Businesses (aka Home Parties) For every mom who makes big bucks selling products like Tupperware, Mary Kay, there are many, many more who sell to a few friends and family members and no one else. It’s relatively easy to host the first few parties when your friends want to support your new venture, but more difficult to convince strangers to host parties and buy the products you’re hawking. You’ll need to get comfortable with sales techniques, hosting home parties, and lose all inhibitions about making cold calls or approaching strangers.
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